Without stories, our daily lives lose their significance—including our work lives.
Stories contribute to what we are yearning to become in work and world.
Shaping the elements of story is as easy as 1, 2, 3.
In your first few sentences, include the setting, the problem, and the emotional tone.
Select elements of the experience that capture the essence of the story.
Shape your story with a bit of mystery as if you were discovering the experience for the first time.
The practice of storytelling creates stronger connections between us.
We never lost our storytelling skills, but we may have lost our understanding of how essential storytelling is for our connections with each other.
For leaders today, effective stories come from the place of earned experience. When we feel the experience is genuine, we pay attention in a different kind of way. We become engaged.
And when we are moved by stories, we can begin to imagine our next actions. The narrative gives us clues how we might move forward on a new idea. It’s like a dance with our attention (instead of our feet).